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Tucson is giving a stretch of land back to the Tohono Oodham Nation
The city of Tucson is returning a portion of ancestral land to the Tohono O’odham Nation in a new resolution unanimously passed by the City Council this week.
Apr. 20, 2023
U.S. Supreme Court pauses case that could restrict abortion pill access
Planned Parenthood Arizona stressed that regardless of what happens next at the Supreme Court, medication abortion is still legal in Arizona because of a separate ruling from Washington state that safeguards access in some states.
Apr. 20, 2023
New Flagstaff shelter opens with nearly $9M grant
A nonprofit group in Flagstaff is converting a motel into short-term housing after receiving millions in state grant money from the Arizona Department of Housing.
Apr. 19, 2023
Haaland agrees to visit proposed Grand Canyon National Monument
U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday publicly accepted an invitation from an Arizona lawmaker to visit the area proposed for a new national monument around the Grand Canyon.
Apr. 19, 2023
Arizona lawmakers part of amicus brief in support of abortion pill access
Several Arizona lawmakers have joined an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court this month in support of mifepristone. The widely-used abortion bill could get stripped of its FDA approval under a ruling from a federal court in Texas this month.
Apr. 18, 2023
DHS head answers questions on border apprehensions
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was before Congress this week answering questions about border apprehensions and the upcoming end of the pandemic-era protocol Title 42, among other issues.
Apr. 18, 2023
How an extortion ring in a Juárez detention center led to migrants’ deaths
Thirty-nine migrants died in a detention center in Ciudad Juárez last month, as the result of a fire set during a protest. New reporting from Luis Chaparro finds those migrants were only in that center to begin with because of an extortion scheme.
Apr. 18, 2023
Body camera footage shows fatal Border Patrol shooting
In 2021, CBP announced it had begun outfitting some of its personnel with the body cameras as a way to increase accountability and transparency, and said the program would eventually expand the program nationwide. This is the first such footage to be publicly released since then.
Apr. 18, 2023
DACA recipients could get access to health coverage
Recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, could be eligible for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act in a new plan proposed by the Biden administration this month.
Apr. 18, 2023
This writer watched 250 movies about the border
The border between the United States and Mexico has long been seen as a place of beauty, of mystery — and of danger.
Apr. 17, 2023
Tonto National Forest conducts prescribed burn operation
Crews with the Tonto National Forest and San Carlos Apache Tribe are conducting a prescribed burn operation about 100 miles east of Phoenix near the Timber Camp Recreation Area and Group Campgrounds close to Globe.
Apr. 15, 2023
U.S.-Panama-Colombia deal says it will curb Darien Gap migration
The governments of Panama, Colombia and the U.S. say they’re working together on a two-month campaign to curb migration through a deadly land crossing called the Darien Gap.
Apr. 14, 2023
Mexico establishes drug and arms trafficking commission ahead of meeting with U.S. officials
On Thursday, Mexico’s security cabinet met with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., to discuss migration and drug and firearm trafficking. Ahead of that meeting, Mexico established a new commission to address those issues.
Apr. 13, 2023
Mexico is investigating stingray mutilation in Sonora
Environmental officials say leaders in a Sonoran coastal town could face criminal charges after removing the spines from stingrays to protect beachgoers.
Apr. 13, 2023
USDA invests $1.9M to bring energy to 100 rural Arizona homes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested $1.9 million to bring sustainable energy to underserved areas of northeast Arizona. The grant is part of the Biden administration’s Rural Energy Pilot Program, which bolsters renewable energy use in rural areas to reduce energy costs and pollution.
Apr. 12, 2023
Mexico to investigate immigration agency head in fatal fire case
Mexico’s top immigration official is now under investigation for a deadly fire in a migrant detention center last month. He and others face charges for failing to protect the migrants in their care
Apr. 12, 2023
Interpol red notice issued for Hermosillo hit-and-run suspect
On the evening March 5, a suspect identified as Nathan Karim "N." reportedly hit 31-year-old Brenda Lopez, her 5-year-old daughter, Ximena, and 2-year-old nephew, Favre, with his car in Hermosillo then sped away.
Apr. 12, 2023
Low lying flooding a concern in Flagstaff as warm weather drives runoff
Flagstaff neighborhoods are once again seeing flooding as 70 degree temperatures melt the last of record-breaking snows across northern Arizona.
Apr. 11, 2023
Biden urged to create Grand Canyon National Monument
More than a dozen Native American tribes called on the Biden administration Tuesday to designate a Grand Canyon National Monument in order to permanently ban mining in the area.
Apr. 11, 2023
Health and legal experts worried about abortion pill ruling
On Friday, a Texas judge ruled to overturn the FDA’s approval of mifepristone — a drug that has been widely used over the last 20 years to induce an abortion within 10 weeks of pregnancy. Legal and public health experts say it's the first ruling of its kind and is likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court, but it could have broader impacts for other medications.
Apr. 10, 2023